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Advice on replacing my savings account

I currently have a Vanguard account (Mutual Fund) with about $10,000 in it (more now). I have a savings account with about $7,000 which I consider my "rainy day" fund and I try to put money into my ...
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Inflation & Time value of money

Can anybody explain to me how exactly does inflation erodes away bank savings using the time value concept of money?
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What is the easiest way to open a foreign Bank Account?

I live in Argentina. Nowadays in my country it is almost impossible to buy foreign currencies as American dollars or Euros. I was thinking if it is possible to open a foreign Bank Account to be able ...
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I'm 20 and starting to build up for my mortgage downpayment, where should I put my money for optimal growth?

I have no credit, no loans, and am a contractor for $40/hr at a company and I expect to work here for quite a while (job security should be above average). Every week, I allocate $300 to my Mortgage ...
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Why can't I withdraw the $57 in my account?

Friday, I noticed that there is still $57 remaining in my checking account after paying bills and withdrawing the cash I needed. I tried using it for food, but I'm unable to spend or withdraw the $57 ...
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Tax deferred savings limits and early retirement possibilities

I've been listening to some financial independence podcasts where people claim that if you save 75% of your income into tax deferred retirement accounts, you wind up paying no income tax even with an ...
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If I could, should I buy a car with cash instead of credit?

The most common (and realistically feasible) method of buying a car is to buy it with a loan/credit card, then pay it off in bits every time interval. However, say that I could buy a car in full when ...
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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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Should my rainy day fund be fixed or should I increase it by a little every month?

I've just started working and I'm building up several of my investments (mortgage preparation fund, general savings fund, rainy day fund, wedding fund). As for the mortgage, wedding fund, and general ...
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How much should I save if it is possible to save 100% of it

I am 19 year old self-taught student earning a good amount as part-time freelancer. I am currently live in same house with my parents. So I don't need to spend a single coin on house/food. So now I am ...
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Where to park $50k for 2 years (taxable)?

Where can I put $50k for 2 years while I'm in school and transitioning back to full-time employment? I eventually want to purchase a house, but I'm not sure where I'm going yet. I'm a full-time grad ...
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Saving for brother's children

My brother is not working and waiting on social security disability approval. He has two small children 6 and 10, what is the best way for me to set up savings for their education so that it ...
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How does a TFSA work? Where does the interest come from?

I have extremely little knowledge about finance in general, but I have had a TFSA for several years now and know that my money keeps magically growing. Exactly where does the interest I gain come ...
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what's the best option to save money on everyday expenses? [closed]

It's difficult to manage everyday expenses in this tight economy. How can I discover changes in daily spending habits that will yield the greatest results?
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How to account for transferring money to an investment account?

I have recently been asked to look after the books temporarily for a small not for profit sports club in Christchurch New Zealand. I noticed that they had entered transferring of money from the ...
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Why don't people generally save more of their income?

Personally, I can save up to 80% of my income. I believe normal person could save about 50% of their income, but none of countries average even 20%. Why? according to : ...
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Is it okay to be married, 30 years old and have no retirement?

I am a 31 year old attorney with a 10 month old baby. I make $130K a year. My husband is also an attorney, and makes approx. $60K a year. WE both do not have any retirement savings or college ...
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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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Where should a young student put their money?

I'm a young student with no student debt (my tuition is paid for, I've long since saved up enough.) I'm looking into my future and looking at investing in index funds or other sorts while I still live ...
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In India, what is the difference between Current Account and a Savings Bank Account?

Considering that Current Accounts in India give you no interest, why would anyone keep a current account open? Why not just use a Savings Bank Account? ATleast they give you some daily interest on the ...
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First Job, should I save or invest?

I just got my first real job and I'm wondering how much I should start saving. Is there a good percentage to start at based on personal experiences? And is it better to save my money or invest in a ...
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Starting an investment portfolio with Rs 5,000/-

I would like to start my investment portfolio with Rs 5,000/- every month. I am trying to find a scheme that gives me the flexibility to pull out my money really quickly (family emergency etc) and ...
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?[INDIA]

I was looking at options for where I can put my emergency fund. I came across these questions during my search - #1 and #2 - which are specifically for U.S. and Canada. I want to know what options ...
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What is the best use of “spare” money?

Here are some cliff notes about me: 30 years old immigrant (came to the US late 2009), so no established credit (got a $900 credit card with my bank finally last year) No spouse, no children. Just ...
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What percent of my salary should I retain?

Here is my situation: right now I am living in Puerto Rico, and I am planning to relocate to the mainland US (probably to Seattle, WA). Although Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, almost everything ...
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How risky is it to keep my emergency fund in stocks?

Everybody says you should keep an emergency fund of 3–6 months of expenses in cash or near-cash (CDs, treasuries, etc.). I know this is heresy but if you have funds for significantly more than 6 ...
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What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings?

What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings? What is the safest way I can maximize my interest income on 100k savings? I want as little risk as possible
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How often do Savings Banks in India pay interest?

As per my understanding, Banks in India are to run under the directives of the Reserve Bank of India. How often do they pay dividends on the interest that they offer on Savings bank accounts? Every ...
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What are the risks to using a tax-free bond fund for short term savings (1-2 years)?

I'm saving some money, probably for a down payment house, and I'd like it to earn a bit more return than it would just sitting in cash. I max out my Roth 401(k) and my Roth IRA, so any additional ...
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Relation between inflation rates and interest rates

In Canada, as of the time of writing this question, the: Key interest rate is 1.00% (source) The inflation rate is 1.50% (source) In India, at the time of writing, the: Base interest rate is ...
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What should I consider when I try to invest my money today for a larger immediate income stream that will secure my retirement?

If I only have about a few hundred dollars to invest each month, what are some methods I can use to grow my money long term? I'm willing to take risks if my ROI is substantial. So, if it can start ...
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Where to save money in preparation of buying second house?

We just purchased a house last year with 20% down payment on a 30yr fixed mortgage. Everything finally settle down (remodeling, new furniture etc.) and we're on track of saving again. We don't have ...
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UK: ISA or regular savings account?

I am not a very savvy investor, am new to ISAs and was wondering: where would be the best place to put £10,000 right now (March 2014)? ISAs have tax benefits, but in general don't seem to beat ...
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Investment for young expatriate professionals

I have read this thread Best way to start investing, for a young person just starting their career? and I was interested by many of its topics. I am myself a young professional and I am working in my ...
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Is credit history more important than amount of savings when applying for a mortgage?

I am currently in Australia and fixing to buy a house here. What is given more value when I apply for a mortgage to buy a unit in an apartment: a sound credit history, or a lot of savings in the bank ...
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Is paying your bills and loans one day before it's due a good practice?

I am a full time working professional. I have the habit of paying my bills and loans a day before it's due. That way I've got more cash on hand. However, I've also read that it is better to pay off ...
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3-year horizon before trading up to next home: put windfall in savings, or pay off mortgage?

Summary: over the 3 years until I trade up to my family's next home, is it smarter to put my upcoming windfall (~$400K, earned over the next 3 years as I vest in stock) in a savings account (earning ...
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Considerations for holding short-term reserves?

About 20% of my income comes in at the beginning of each year from being a business owner. For the past few years, I've been keeping reserves needed to hold me over to the next year in a money market ...
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I'm saving money too fast. What should I do?

[Apologies if this sounds (and is) like a first world problem] I get a very generous salary and I am not a spender. I am able to save $2000-$2500 every month. I've invested part of my money in some ...
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Is compounding interest on investments a myth?

I continually see examples encouraging young people to start investing for retirement with graphic examples using compounding interest to show that starting early pays off big. I've always bought into ...
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What to do with savings for 3-5 years?

Here's the situation: Married, late 30's, combined income around $170k. 2 toddlers. We owe $360k on a house worth $600k. Only other debt is $20k each in student loans. 401k plans are in order. We have ...
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Should I prioritize paying down my higher interest debt over building an emergency fund, or vice-versa?

I have a debt of $15,000 at a yearly interest rate of 9%, which can be paid within 5 years. Would it be better for me to: Build first the emergency fund (e.g. liquidity for 6 months' expenses ...
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Where can I find information about the relationship between the owner of a company and its business administrator?

Through the past years, working as a employee, I have managed to save some money and now I want to buy a company. I chose a restaurant, because I already have experience in this area. However, I do ...
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Less than a year at my first job out of college, what do I save for first?

I have heard that 6 months of basic living expenses (about $11,000 usd for me) is a good idea to keep around in case of an emergency. Does this mean that All of my savings every month ($800 every ...
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My employer offers an FSA and HRA but it's not enough. What other options do I have?

My financial situation is unique. I have a son with a degenerative illness that requires on going treatment. This year my employer contributed $1500 to an HRA and I contributed $2000 to an FSA. I ...
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Is it a good idea for me to divert savings to pay off my debt?

I own a car which I had bought under desperation and stupidly agreed to pay a high interest rate (8%). Recently, I used money from my line of credit, which was at 6%, to pay off my car loan. Now I ...
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Should I buy my first car with all of my savings?

Note: I live in Europe. Hopefully - In a few months time I will be (age) legal to drive, and after getting my license I'm thinking of getting a BMW E46 after years saving up cash from my full-time ...
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Looking to invest a part of my savings in state loans (bonds), how do I approach this?

I've read in several sources that once you have a certain amount of money it makes sense to invest it, rather than putting it in a savings account. Which makes sense since taxation on investments can ...
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How to invest 10k dollars, at the age of 23?

I have some money of my own that I have saved for years. At the moment I am 23, pursuing my masters. I have a little bit over 10k dollars. What would be a clever way invest my money. I am not looking ...
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First time investing advice (Canada)

I am 29 years old with a wife and we are planning on having a child in the next 2-3 years and as such I have been making a lot of life changes and planning for the future. Fist off I am sorry this ...